December Briefing  
A National Report from Healthwatch England looks at the issues surrounding dentistry during the pandemic.
Laura Floyd, from West Berkshire, was part-way through significant dental treatment when it was cancelled due to the lockdown in March. The new mother explained: “As we went from April to May, I had an abscess develop on the tooth which was still awaiting treatment. I did receive care over the phone and a course of antibiotics which helped ease some of the pain and swelling but this never fully went away, I just lived with it as cautiously as I could. Sadly my eight-month-old wasn’t as cautious when reaching out and grabbing my face!”

Laura, who was entitled to free NHS dental care for 12 months after the birth of her child, did then receive some emergency treatment for a further painful cavity but is still waiting for her main treatment to be completed a year on from her initial diagnosis.

She added: “My free dental care is due to end next month, and I am still awaiting treatment which is frustrating as this is yet another thing taken away from me this year by COVID-19. I know I am not the only one waiting to be seen, but this also means the chances of getting an appointment to finish my treatment before the exemption expires is unlikely.”

Click HERE or the image above to read the report.
Tell us about your dental experience during COVID-19 by filling out our Healthwatch West Berkshire Dental Survey. Click HERE or the image below to access the survey.
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